These Slow Cooker Enchilada Meatballs are full of flavor and make the perfect appetizer or served them over rice for an easy dinner your family will love.
I went a little meatball crazy! You may have seen several of my recipes here on the blog that I have been testing out. My husband actually asks me if we could take a break from them.
He has been eating them for dinner and taking leftover for lunch. I had so many yummy ideas and had to try them all out for you.
I love slow cooker meatballs because they work perfectly for appetizers, or you can easily make it a dinner. With the Holidays and the Superbowl coming up they are perfect.
If you want to try even more amazing meatball recipes, then check out these next.
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How to make Slow Cooker Enchilada Meatballs:
- Add meatballs, enchilada sauce, and Rotel to slow cooker.
- Cook until meatballs are cooked through
- Then add cheese to the top.
- Cover and allow to cook for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
How to serve Slow Cooker Enchilada Meatballs:
This recipe is perfect for an appetizer or dinner. We serve it as an appetizer with toothpicks and my guess love them. I've also made them several times for dinner and served them over rice.
My favorite rice is this recipe, Cilantro Lime Rice.
Here are a few more recipes that I think you are going to love, check them out next:
Baked Chicken Fajitas: This one is my husbands all time favorite! I've been making him simple homemade fajitas for years and this one is hands down the best way to do it.
Cheesy Ranch Chicken Enchiladas: This is my kid's favorite way to have "enchiladas" because there is no actual enchilada sauce in it. It's simple to make and full of ranch flavor!
Chicken Enchilada Casserole: This one is so simple to make and so full of flavor. It's like the classic chicken and rice casserole but with a bold enchilada flavor!
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Meatballs
- 2 pounds Frozen meatballs
- 28 oz Enchilada sauce
- 10 oz Rotel (drained)
- ½ cup Fiesta blend cheese (shredded)
- Optional: fresh diced cilantro for garnish
- Add meatballs, enchilada sauce, and Rotel to slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or in low for 4-5 hours.
- Add cheese to the top. Cover and allow to cook for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Optional: Serve topped with cilantro. Serve over rice for a meal or with a toothpick for a fun appetizer.
What red canned enchilada sauce do you like to use?
I just used Old El Paso Mild Red Enchilada Sauce.
loved this recipe. My family loved it and it was so easy to make.
Can I use homemade meatballs for this recipe?
Yes you can! I would place them on a baking sheet and freeze them first though or only place enough in the slow cooker that they are not touching. This way they don't all cook into a big clump.
I know we're not supposed to rate or comment if we don't make it the exact way as directed, and I'm sure it would have been fabulous as written. However, I used a bag of about 50 frozen small meatballs, one can of red enchilada sauce, and half a block of mexican Velveeta cheese. It was amazing! Thanks to the original recipe, I found something I will definitely make again. Easy and convenient!
Hey, it is ok! I am glad I could lead you in a direction to find something you love! Your edits sound really good too!
Do you use beef or chicken meatballs?
You can use either.
Did you add the Velveeta at the end or throw it in at the beginning? Thanks!
I threw it in at the beginning! Melted perfectly.
Do you use red or green enchilada source?
I use red for this recipe
How many meatballs are considered a serving?
About 3 or 4 depending on the size.
Could you use velveta cheese instead of shredded cheese almost like making a cheese enchilada sauce?
Yea you definitely could, and honestly my husband would LOVE it that way!
Hi! Are you using meatballs that are already cooked then frozen? I read through some comments but not seeing much info on what you’re using for the meatballs. Thanks!
Hi Kristen, this recipe called for frozen meatballs. You can buy them prepped and frozen at the store.
Could u use green enchilada sauce
Yes that would work!
Do you use red or green enchilada sauce?
I use red for this recipe
I wonder if I could add some cream cheese? Would it be gross?
I usually add sour cream when serving it. I love sour cream on pretty much anything though =)
Could I add the rice to the crockpot and have a somewhat casserole type of meal? If so, how much and when? Would there be other modifications? Thanks!
I am not sure if the rice could cook without more liquid. I would add cooked rice towards the end of cooking and mix it in.
Hi this was to way spicy for us ...! I used all mild sauce and mild rotel... NO ROTEL NEXT TIME!!!
Loretta, sorry this was spicy for you. Enchilada sauce is typically a spicer food in general. Different brands have more spice and you want to make sure to buy a mild flavor. Even then for someone who doesn't like spice, it might be too much.
Im going to use this recipe as an appetizer for Christmas!! I’m going to use frozen veggie meatballs I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂 (I’m vegetarian)
Hope you enjoy it!! I love that idea.
Has anyone ever substituted a different product in for the Rotel? My husband is allergic to tomatoes and I feel like just the enchilada sauce would be too plain.
I haven’t done it yet but I’m going to use frozen onions and bell peppers for the freezer department
Try using a green tomatillo sauce, and perhaps chopped canned chilies. I personally would mix ground beef, chilies and cheese with cilantro and cumin, myself, rather than use generic (typically Italian spiced) meatballs. You could make & freeze weeks before you plan to serve them!
How much is one serving?
Hi Stacey. One serving would be 1/6th of the recipe about 5-6oz
Hey Jennie! I can't wait to try your recipe. Do you think I could do this in the oven instead and if so do you have any recommendations?
Thanks so much,
Hi Kathy, yes I think you could bake this recipe instead of making it the slow cooker. I would just add it all to a baking dish and heat in the oven.
This looks like it’s going to be delicious! I cannot wait to make it. If I am doubling the recipe, how much time should it go in the slow cooker?
Hi Crystal, the cooking time shouldn't change to much guess that one extra hour would do it.
Can I use fresh homemade meatballs instead of frozen?
Yes homemade meatballs can be used for this recipe. I would either cook them in the oven before hand or just carefully place them in a single layer so they all don't stick together.
haha it's never my friend when I need it to be!!!
you may want to change the word rotten to Rotel 🙂
Girl THANK YOU! Hahah autocorrect is not my friend and I totally missed that one. Do not add anything rotten to this 😉
Thanks so much!
THOMAS B BRAUN
can I add rice to the crock pot or will rice get mushy in crock pot
I would cook the rice on the stove top and add it in cooked right before serving.